What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture - Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM in Davis, CASeveral thousand years ago, East Asian practitioners discovered that the body forms disharmonies as a result of the various physical and mental stresses of life. Oriental medical theory explains these disharmonies as an imbalance of opposing forces called Yin and Yang. This imbalance disrupts the movement of the body's vital energy (Qi) along the meridian pathways, which are channels through which the body's energy is thought to flow. Acupuncture restores the smooth flow of Qi. By inserting and manipulating needles at specific points on the body, I am able to return the body to its natural balance and promote the body's ability to heal itself.

What Does Acupuncture Feel Like?

Johanna Utter offers Acupuncture in Davis, CAMany first-time patients are concerned that acupuncture needles will feel like hypodermic injections at the doctor’s office. They won't. Acupuncture uses hair-thin, flexible needles that you will hardly feel when I insert them. When I gently stimulate the needles they may produce a unique sensation that Oriental medicine calls De Qi. Patients often describe De Qi as a dull, heavy, achy pressure, or spreading, traveling feeling. You may also feel an "electrical" sensation moving down the meridian pathways, though this is less common. If at any time you are uncomfortable or would like me to stop inserting needles, please let me know. Most patients find acupuncture sessions deeply satisfying and leave the treatment feeling relaxed both mentally and physically.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The benefits of acupuncture are cumulative, so more than one treatment is usually necessary. For acute conditions you can expect to have 10 to 15 treatments, but you will usually begin to feel relief after just the first few. Chronic conditions may take longer to respond, depending on the type, severity, and duration of the condition. Preventative treatments and treatments for general well-being may also be scheduled on an as-needed basis.

Is Acupuncture Safe?

Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM offers safe, effective Acupuncture in Davis, CAYes. Acupuncture is used by millions of Americans every year. Acupuncturists are required to undergo extensive education, including detailed study of human anatomy and training in clean needle technique. I have passed comprehensive state board examinations and am licensed by the Acupuncture Board of the state of California. As required by law, I use pre-sterilized, disposable, single-use needles to ensure your complete safety.

Your First Visit

When you arrive for your first acupuncture appointment, I will ask you to complete a comprehensive intake form. The acupuncture intake form asks questions about your current state of health, past illnesses, and family history. These questions are important because the holistic approach of Oriental medicine takes everything into account. Your current symptoms may not seem related to past health issues, but our bodies are complex landscapes and everything that happens to them leaves its mark.

Acupuncture - Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM in Davis, CAAfter reviewing your intake form, we will discuss your condition, and I will examine your pulse and tongue, which are two of the basic diagnostic methods of Oriental medicine. The acupuncture points I choose will depend on your condition. Once the needles are inserted, I will leave you to lie comfortably for 15-20 minutes with the needles in place. Many people find acupuncture treatment deeply relaxing, and it is not uncommon for patients to fall asleep during this time.

What Can Acupuncture Treat?

Acupuncture works by activating the body's own healing powers, so it can be beneficial for many health conditions. The World Health Organization (WHO) has documented many symptoms, diseases, and conditions that have been shown in controlled clinical trials to be effectively treated with acupuncture. Below are some common conditions I can treat, but please feel free to contact me about your specific health condition.

Reproductive Issues

  • Menstrual cramps
  • Irregular periods
  • PMS
  • Infertility
  • Increased efficacy of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and IUI
  • Morning sickness
  • Vaginal infections
  • (Peri)menopause symptoms
  • PCOS
  • Endometriosis

Mental and Emotional Well-being

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue

Respiratory ComplaintsJohanna Utter offers Acupuncture in Davis, CA

  • Colds and flus
  • Sore throat
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Asthma

 

Digestive Issues & Nausea

  • Heartburn, Acid Reflux
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic indigestion
  • Chronic loose stools or constipation
  • Ulcers
  • Acute and chronic gastritis
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Hemorrhoids

Pain

  • Sports injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Leg, ankle and foot pain
  • Arm, wrist and hand pain
  • Knee pain
  • Hip pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Dental pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Postoperative pain
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Johanna Utter, L.Ac., FABORM
622 E. 8th Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 757-2064
 
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 "Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything." 
– Thich Nhat Hanh